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Rome Explorer

Duration 8 days

Destinations visited :
  • Italy
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Enjoy a taste of la dolce vita on the Spanish Steps, admire Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling at the Sistine Chapel and rub shoulders with the locals in Piazza Navona.

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DAY 1

Arrive Rome (7 Nights)
Delve into the enthralling culture and ancient heritage of the Eternal City of Rome, exploring the city at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Pizzeria this evening.
Hotel: Cicerone
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Rome Market Visit – Cooking Experience and Ancient Rome Sightseeing
Jostle with the locals to get your pick of the best fruits and vegetables at a local food market this morning. Here you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and into Rome’s vibrant gourmet scene. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and sample delicious specialities in its neighbourhood bakeries, before taking part in a cooking course with a professional chef. Learn the art of making authentic pasta like only an Italian mamma can and sample your successes afterwards. Your appetite appeased, venture to Ancient Rome with a Local Specialist to visit the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where exhilarating chariot races were once hosted.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 3

Rome City Highlights Walking tour and Catacombs Visit
Set your watch to Italian time, enjoying a leisurely start to your day before joining a walking tour with a Local Specialist through Rome. Visit the Baroque-styled Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, tossing a coin to secure your speedy return to Rome. Continue to the heart of Rome and visit the Pantheon, the best preserved Roman building in the city. Then, wander through the city streets and piazze, admiring the city’s imposing monuments, including Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. Spend time rubbing shoulders with the locals before leaving the city centre to visit the ancient catacombs with a Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the city’s Christian history.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Rome At Leisure
Spend the day discovering Rome on your own. Saunter past the sights or relax with a coffee and cornetti to soak up the city’s authentic atmosphere. Make this free day in Rome count. Venture up Palatine Hill for spectacular views of Ancient Rome, shop along Via Veneto, or relax in the serene gardens of Villa Borghese. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Rome – Vatican Experience
The morning is yours to continue your leisurely exploration of the glories of Rome, before venturing to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. This afternoon, ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and discover the array of artefacts displayed at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, which was founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844. You’ll also enjoy an exclusive after-hours al fresco dinner against the spectacular backdrop of St. Peter’s. Should there be adverse weather, a contingency is provided in a newly created dining space within the Cortile della Pigna.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 6

Rome At Leisure or Optional Experience to Pompeii
Trace the footsteps of ancient philosophers, senators and emperors as you enjoy a free day to explore Rome. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively, you may wish to take an Optional Experience to visit the remains of Pompeii, the victim of a devastating volcanic eruption.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Tivoli Villa d’Este Gardens Visit and Roman Farewell Dinner
We travel to the historic hill-town of Tivoli today, joining our Local Specialist for a guided tour of the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d’Este. This Roman retreat, with its spectacular fountains, pools and exquisite architectural elements, had an enormous influence on European landscape design. This evening, we ‘Dive Into Culture’, joining our hosts who will prepare a delicious meal including local flavours for you to enjoy with your fellow travel companions.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 8

Depart Rome
After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable sojourn in one of the world’s greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Rome
  • VIEW the Spanish Steps, the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus and Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers
  • VISIT the Roman Catacombs, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Villa d’Este Gardens in Tivoli
  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums

Dining Highlights

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Rome Explorer

Enjoy a taste of la dolce vita on the Spanish Steps, admire Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling at the Sistine Chapel and rub shoulders with the locals in Piazza Navona.